Friday Letters…27.03.2020

What a week! Thank you to all those who have posted comments and also contacted me individually to share their green space stories. It’s so lovely to Connect through Nature 🙂

Every Friday I will be posting featured letters / emails that people have sent to me about their own interactions with the natural world. This week before I share a letter I would like to draw your attention to the lovely comments left at the bottom of Wednesday’s class and also a post written by my friend Sean from St Nicks under my ‘Hello’ post.

Sean wrote to me about a Midland Hawthorn tree growing near to his home. I absolutely love Hawthorn and it’s something to look forward to at this time of year, as the hedgerows and lanes fill up with lots of beautiful varieties of white blossom. I’d love to see photos if you have any near you.

The first letter I am going to feature has been sent to me by my big sister who lives all the way down in Cornwall. It has been lovely to connect with her over making this blog, and also has given us something positive to focus on, I hope it has done the same for you. She wrote the following regarding bumping into her friend Katarzyna whilst out for her daily walk:

A secret meeting in between two villages. I arrived on an bike and placed a pink dusky rose ribbon on the wish tree. We both acknowledged our thoughts on the importance of growing. Staying 3m apart  (I swapped seeds amongst them peas and beans for a loaf of home baked bread). I started to compose this poem, a reflection on our parting as I cycled home.

25/03/20

Sprite Katarzyna 
A pixie smile
In between the
Woodland leaves
The Stream trickles
Tinkling 
My breath expires
In the dappled sun
Hugs suggested
Carried 
On a softly
Whispered breeze

These words brightened up my day and with an unexpected surprise I also received an illustration she did to accompany the poem (featured below), along with photos of magnolia blossom and tulips from my Mum and my eldest sister…..a perfect way to start this blog – connecting through nature to those I love the most. I’m looking forward to connecting with new people here too. See you next Wednesday! Keep safe everyone!

With love Emma

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York (www.stnicks.org.uk) for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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